Meet the kings and queens of the seaside – Sunderland pupils win sandcastle competition

Pupils from Ryhope Infant school who took part in a sandcastle competition.

Pupils from Ryhope Infant school who took part in a sandcastle competition.

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CREATIVE pupils are building their reputation in sand after scooping a seaside title.

The children at Ryhope Infants School have won a region sandcastle competition for the fifth time.

More than 2,000 youngsters went along to the beach at South Shields to take part in the Children North East’s Sandcastle Challenge and the Shaftsbury Avenue school Olympic-themed win took the title.

Emma Lumsden, a Year 1 teacher at the school, said: “We were really delighted to win again. The children worked very hard on it.

“Our design was a map of Britain and we marked out the route of the Olympic torch.”

Each of the 51 schools which took part in the challenge was alloted a local business to help with its preliminary research work and Ryhope Infants were assisted by architect company Plan It Design.

The Sunderland school took the trophy and a cash prize of £200.

Keeping in the sporting theme, a team of youngsters from Ryhope Infants tumbled their way to success.

The children won gold medals in the Sunderland section of the Key Steps Gymnastic competition and them went on to beat dozens of youngsters from across the region to take the bronze medal at the 2012 School Games.

Mandy Simpson, a member of staff at the Shaftsbury Avenue school, said the children did really well.

She said: “There were more than 400 children from 50 schools at the games and we were representing Sunderland in the gymnastic section.”

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